The Sustainability Education and Economic Development Initiative (SEED Center) recently included Alfred State in its 2012 program review, commending the college’s sustainability and green programming efforts . The embedding of green-focused modules into existing programs , the college-wide Green Team , Alfred’s project-based, hands-on learning distinctions, and the zero-energy green home  on the Wellsville campus were all highlighted. Most of these innovative programs at the college are funded through grants like the current SUNYGREENSNY  $2.6 million clean energy training grant.
Alfred State is one of only eight institutions to have a highlighted feature, joining colleges like Community College of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA), Georgia Piedmont Technical College (Demorest and Athens, GA), Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (Los Angeles, CA), and Northern Maine Community College (Presque Isle, ME). As a member college of SEED, Alfred was also noted in the report as a Sustainability Task Force Member as well as a SEED Champion, or a mentor institution and/or a significant SEED contributor. On the SEED Center list of over 100 community colleges, only 18 have both these notations.
“The ability to work with the SEED Center to both share curriculum and work with other colleges across the nation is allowing the college to continue to move forward in our sustainability efforts,” remarked Craig Clark , executive director and dean for the School of Applied Technology at Alfred State.
Established by the American Association of Community Colleges and ecoAmerica, the SEED Initiative and its member institutions seek to “advance sustainability and green workforce development practices at community colleges by sharing innovative models and resources to help college administrators, faculty, and staff to build the green economy.”
The program review information can be viewed at www.theseedcenter.org .